Dear Marching Band Members and Families,


Congratulations on a fantastic performance at Ford Field on Saturday! The show was very well received by the MCBA community, and our 8th place finish with a score of 90.425 (80.850 raw) was our highest since 2011. The program is well on its way to competing at the top of Flight I. Thank you to the parents, staff and students for making State Finals a successful day.


That all being said, we have one more week and another huge performance. Working towards BOA, we will rehearse Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday after school from 3-6pm. Our BOA schedule for Thursday-Sunday was sent out in a separate email, so please reference that for information on our trip plans.


Let’s have another successful week!


Go Lakers!

Chad Mielens

WBHS Director of Bands


UPCOMING SCHEDULE (next 2 weeks)

Monday 11/9:   Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Tuesday 11/10: Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Wednesday 11/11: Full Band rehearsal 3:00 – 6:00pm

Thursday 11/12: Marching Band Banquet Rsvp due to Boosters Mailbox

Thursday 11/12: BOA Grand Nationals Trip begins – practice 9am, depart WBHS at 1:30pm

Friday 11/13: BOA Grand Nationals Performance at 12:45pm

Saturday 11/14: BOA Grand Nationals Activities TBD. Depart after Finals


Sunday 11/15: Return from BOA Grand Nationals approx 5:30am

Monday 11/16: Elementary Guard rehearsal 4:30pm

Tuesday 11/17: Middle School Percussion “Try It Out” 4:00pm

Tuesday 11/17: West Bloomfield Percussion “Try It Out” 5:00pm

Tuesday 11:17: Winter Guard “Try It Out” 5:00pm

Wednesday 11/18: West Bloomfield Percussion auditions 5:00pm

Thursday 11/19: Middle School Percussion 4:00pm

Thursday 11/19:   West Bloomfield Percussion 5:00pm

Thursday 11/19: Winter Guard “Try It Out” 5:00pm

Sunday 11/22: Marching Band Banquet 6pm


full calendar


Yankee Candle Fundraiser ORDERS DUE MONDAY!!!!!

The entire band program – middle school, high school, and marching band – will be participating in a fundraiser offering Yankee Candles this fall to assist with instrument repair and purchase. Orders can be taken ONLY Oct 23 – Nov 9 (orders must be turned in no later than Nov 9), and products will be delivered 2-4 weeks later, in time for the holidays. Collect money at the time of the order. Checks should be payable to BBAWB.

Also, an online shopping option will allow friends and family anywhere to take advantage of these wonderful products.   Online shopping is now available, and open through the end of the year.


Our seller # is 990077510

Online orders are sent directly to the purchaser, usually in about a week.  It’s a great option!  This was a popular and productive fundraiser last year, we hope for even better responses in 2015. A parent volunteer is needed to assist fundraising coordinator Sarah Boyle. Interested? Any other questions? Email Sarah Boyle.


OLMS Recruiting Trip

The performance planned for OLMS on Monday November 9, has been postponed in favor of the mandatory assemblies at WBHS on Monday morning. We hope to reschedule the trip very soon.   Mr Mielens will provide further details as they become available.



This is what we have been working toward all season: The opportunity to compete among the most elite marching bands in the nation! This is the Olympics of our sport, and while it is not expected for WBHS to make it to finals, we will be there in the stands to see the spectacular shows of the top 12 bands in the county. It is really an opportunity not to be missed.

Trip Info and Detailed Itinerary – emailed out Sunday morning, 11/8. Questions? Email Ruth Richards at Can you donate a case of water bottles for meals and practice times during the trip? Sign up here:



Does your Marching Band uniform need freshening after Saturday’s hard work at Ford Field?   CLICK HERE to see cleaning Instructions. If necessary, Dinkles can be cleaned with soap and water or diluted leather cleaners. A shine can be put back on the leather with a car care product such as Armorall® or what works really well is Armorall® wipes. Make sure your uniform is clean, wrinkle–free and complete before departure on Thursday.



Band Parents have a tradition of creating paper plate signs for the band members, wishing them good luck and encouraging them to do well at State Finals. If you didn’t have a chance to o so before, you can still make a paper plate award for your child and hang it on the band room wall to encourage them before the Indy trip. Bring strong tape since the walls are cinder block.



Give it up for Mrs. Brenner, who planned our super fun Trunk Or Treat so band kids could enjoy Halloween after the Lakeland show;

Mark DeDeckere who has found buyers for the costumes and tarp from “All Will Be Well” (Can we make it a hat-trick and sell them the well, too?);

Gia Evans, Jared Grimes, Nathan Bertin, and Andrew McDonald who stepped up to the responsibility of featured parts in Venezia, and performed beautifully;

Steve Alia, who designed us a great show, believed in us, supported us, came to our rehearsals, inspired us, and even helped hoist the tarp at State Finals. Not just a Laker now, but a Super Laker!



The West Bloomfield Marching Band “Venezia” banquet will be held on Sunday, November 22nd at 6PM at Glen Oaks Country Club. Invitations were handed out to parents at the Prism Concert. Drop reply card and check in booster mailbox by Nov. 12th. CLICK HERE for additional info.


All students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to attend one (or both) of our hands on “Try It Out” clinic to experience some fun, dance, equipment combinations and a chance to meet the staff and current veterans of the WB Guard program.  No experience is necessary and no commitment is expected.
BRING A FRIEND and come “Try It Out”!
Who:  all students in grades 6 – 12
Dates:  Tuesday and Thursday, November 17 & 19, 2015
Time:  5pm – 8pm
Location: WBHS Band Room
JV Guard will be rehearsing on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5pm – 8:30pm at WBHS.
Varsity Guard will hold rehearsals on Mondays and Fridays, 6pm – 9pm at Abbott MS. (Wednesday sectionals 6pm – 8pm) More information at
Who:  all students in grades 8 – 12
Rehearsals:  5pm – 8:15pm, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, beginning November 24
Location:  Abbott Middle School
Performance/Competition Schedule:
Come Try It Out/Auditions
Dates:  November 17, 18 & 19
Time:  5pm – 8:15pm
Location:  Abbott Middle School
More Information at


We are EXTREMELY EXCITED to announce a new program we will be starting up this winter. We will be working with the middle school students on percussion skills. Whether a student would like to play a marching or mallet instrument, they are encouraged to come learn percussion fundamentals with us this winter!
Come Try It Out!
Who:  all students in grades 6 – 8
Date:  Tuesday, November 17
Time:  4pm – 5pm
Location:  Abbott Middle School Band Room
Program Details:
Who:  Grades 6 – 8 (OLMS & Abbott – you do NOT have to be enrolled in a band class)
When:  November 17, 2015 – March 31, 2016
Rehearsals:  4pm – 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays
Location:  Abbott Middle School Band Room
Cost:  $50 for the season (includes a Vic Firth Practice Pad, Pair of Marching Sticks, and a WB Percussion T-Shirt.  Cash or check made payable to BBAWB.
Performances:  Saturday, January 30,  WBHS Winter Invitational and March 31, Friends and Family Show
WBHS Jazz Band

Mr Melens is in the process of putting together audition information. Audition packets should be available before the Thanksgiving break.


Thank you so much to those students who have paid their $5 uniform cleaning fee.  We still have several of you who have not paid.  Please submit $5 for cleaning fee and $5 if you purchased a bow tie.  Cash or check made out to BBAWB is accepted.  Give your payment to your band director or place in the mailbox in the high school band room.
So much going on! So many photos and even videos being shared! Join the Official West Bloomfield Marching Band facebook page. This page is not open to the public, but band members, staff, and parents are welcome to join.


Busy shopping days are ahead! Make plans to use Scrips for your holiday shopping. There are SO MANY retailers participating! Go to and order SCRIP (gift cards).  By doing so, you make money for the band and for your student’s account! Remember, UNTIL THE END OF 2015, 100% of the profit on scrip cards goes to the student’s points account. This is an easy way to earn points by shopping just as you already need to do!
Shop with Scrips news

From November 14 – 20, place an order including at least $50 in TJX Gift Cards or ScripNow® eCards and you’ll be entered to win a $500 TJX Gift Card. Wrap up the holidays in savings at T.J.Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods where you’ll find the brands you love for everyone on your

Amazon has what you want, can get it to you quickly, AND donates a portion of your purchase to the band! To get started: click HERE to register. Every time you shop, go to


If you are already a member of the Kroger Community Rewards program….make sure Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield is your registered group. Click HERE to get started today!
If you are not yet a member, click HERE for instructions and links on how to join. Our “Organization Name” is “Band Boosters Association of West Bloomfield”


Show your Laker Pride!  Go to today!  A portion of every sale goes to West Bloomfield Bands.

West Bloomfield Bands depends on the support of parents and alumni.  The list below shows items/services that West Bloomfield Bands needs to operate as well as some items that would greatly benefit our programs.  Contact us by email at if you can donate any of the items/services listed (new or used)

  • Wireless Microphones (soloist) – $2,000
  • Painting of Truck – $1500
  • New Wheels for Carts/Synth – $320
  • Tires for truck (2) – $1000
  • Fix/Paint Scissors Lift – $700
  • UPS for Audio Equipment – $600
  • New Wheeled Base for Pit Drummer – $500
  • New Audio Equipment (Pit) – $2,000
  • Guard Room Updates – $500
  • Marching Band Uniforms/Shakos – $72,000
  • Drumline Room Updates – $500


November 12 – 15 BOA Grand Nationals in Indianapolis

November 17: MS Percussion, WB Percussion and Winter Guard Try It Out Nights

November 18 & 19: Winter Drumline Auditions

November 22: Marching Band Banquet

November 23: Varsity Winter Guard begins

November 24: Middle School Percussion, JV Winter Guard and WB Percussion begin

December 1: BBAWB Parent Meeting

December 5: Middle School Solo & Ensemble

December 10: All City Winter Concert


  • Next BOARD MEETING is Monday, November 9, WBHS
  • Next PARENT MEETING is Tuesday, December 1, 7pm, WBHS